Police have arrested over 258 persons in connection with various offences including gang activity, shootings, outstanding warrants and gun and narcotics possession, a statement by the Police Service said.
The statement said that over 4,500 police officers across the nine police divisions have engaged in anti-crime exercises over the past 72 hours, conducting patrols, stop and searches and operations critical to treating with matters of crime and criminal activities across the country.
A new plot has been uncovered to assassinate Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith by two incarcerated gang leaders and one of their associates.
Intelligence sources say the contract to kill was connected to the human trafficking bust which occurred last Wednesday.
The information is compiled in a confidential report prepared by the Special Operations Response Team on February 8.
Three residents from the Sealots and Beetham communities who go by the nicknames Burkie, Dole and Spanish have been taken in by police in raids this morning,
The raids are part of the ongoing Red Alert activity taking place by the police.
The men are assisting the police in their investgations into recent crime in the area.
We will have further information on this later.
People who are blinded in loyalty to their respective gang leaders and others in the community will be arrested should they move to block roads and protest.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith made this clear to people who condone gang activities and seek to defend gang leaders and members in their respective communities. He spoke at a news conference yesterday.
A 31-year-old suspect is due to appear before a Couva Magistrate, charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Govinda Maharaj of Claxton Bay, was arrested by officers on Tuesday during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Claxton Bay area.
The reputed head of the Rasta City gang from the Beetham community has been taken into custody by police in an ongoing anti-gang operation which began on Wednesday.
He was held just before 3pm today.
This is the third reputed gang leader held in the last couple days.
We will have more on this later.
"A few punks who refer to themselves as gang leaders have been acting up and instrumental in over 12 homicides recently," declared Commissioner Gary Griffith to Guardian Media Wednesday evening.
Griffith had been coordinating several intelligence-driven operations executed by the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) in the Laventille, Beetham and Diego Martin area during the day and which continued last night into this morning in other areas.
The headquarters of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs were infiltrated by police today, resulting in the arrest of one alleged gang leader and four other persons.
Officers, led by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, conducted exercises in Beetham Gardens and Picton.
Otto Carrington and cameraman Kevin Maharaj tell us more.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has with immediate effect, raised the policing alert from ‘Amber’ to ‘Red’, as a result of ongoing gang activities and homicides, a statement by the Police service said Wednesday afternoon.
The statement said that Griffith notes that law-abiding citizens may experience some inconvenience due to these intensified operations.
It adds that this is necessary to deal with criminal activity and to maintain law and order across the country.